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Traveling with the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2

Dustin Abbott

January 25th, 2024

I’ve been incredibly impressed with the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2 on Fuji X-mount and now on Sony E-mount. I actually gave the X-mount version of the lens one of my DA Awards (APS-C lens of the year) in 2023. But as a slightly larger and heavier lens, I was interested to see if was worth packing along for travel. I took it on a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, and used it about 2/3rds of the time. Was it worth the extra bit of weight? I explored that notion in this video that is full of photos from the trip.

If you are interested in a more conventional coverage of the lens on E-mount, you can get my full thoughts by watching the video review below or reading my thorough text review…or just enjoy the photos below.

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Thanks to Viltrox for sending me a review sampler of this lens. As always, this is a completely independent review. *The tests and most of the photos that I share as a part of my review cycle have been done with the APS-C mode (26MP) Sony a7RV.


As on Fuji, there isn’t really an direct 27mm competitors. On Sony the closest lens is either a 24mm F1.8 or the 35mm F1.8 OSS lens. The former is now 12 years old and still costs $1000 USD, while the latter is 11 years old and costs roughly $450 USD. Some third party brands make both a 23mm and a 33mm F1.4 lens (essentially 35mm and 50mm full frame equivalent lenses), so the 27mm F1.2 falls right in between those two in terms of focal length.  Sigma does have a 30mm F1.4, but that lens is now 7 years old, and, having owned it, I can safely say that it is not in the class of the Viltrox Pro AF 27E in terms of performance. And none of these lenses are F1.2, either. The Viltrox can be had for under $550 if you buy from Viltrox and use the code DUSTINABBOTT will get you an additional 8% off but the biggest reason to buy the lens is its performance.

Not only is it ridiculously sharp even at F1.2, but it also manages to have lovely rendering and bokeh at the same time.

The Travel Photos Taken with the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2



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